EWDTS is a forum for discussion

When drug testing is being considered or used within a workplace, many people need to understand the process: Employees and their representatives; Human Resources; Occupational Health; Risk Assessors; Compliance Officers; Lawyers (for the company and for the employees); Drug Counseling and Treatment Providers.

Much of their interest focuses on the way testing is carried out. Workplace Drug Testing involves three link stages - collecting the specimen, analysing the specimen and interpreting the results of the analysis.

The EWDTS brings together the users and providers of these services, plus the equipment suppliers.

The EWTDS provides a focal point for the exchange of ideas and information:

  1. Concerns and misunderstandings can be discussed and resolved.
  2. European and other reguatory issues can be explored against the background of different cultural and legal expectations.
  3. New technical developments can be evaluated in conjunction with the people who have to deal with the practical application of workplace policies.

Brief history

The EWDTS was formed at the end of the First European Symposium on Workplace Drug Testing, held in Huddinge, Sweden, in March 1998. The Society promoted a second Symposium in October 2000, held at San Patrignano, Rimini, Italy, in conjunction with the 6th World Congress of the Rainbow International Association Against Drugs. Most delegates to this second symposium became members of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society.

EWDTS Bylaws

These are available as a .pdf document, the current version, has been released on January 2017.

Download EWDTS Bylaws


The Society is registered in Spain, and has an elected Board representing different countries. Board members take responsibility for chairing committees devoted to specific scientific, regulatory or administrative aspects. Other society members are co-opted to those committees to contribute their expertise.


Courses (education) Committee

  • Michael Michalakis (Chair)
  • Tom Donnelly
  • Peter Akrill
  • Gary McCutcheon

The committee looks to set minimum requirements for training courses, whether they be for Medical Review Officers or Collection Officers.

Guidelines Committee

  • Wim Schielen (Chair)
  • Nadia Fucci
  • Michaela Brcak
  • Peter Akrill
  • Alberto Salomone
  • Jose Restolho

The committee maintains and updates the guidelines.

Networking Committee

  • Per Bjorklov (Chair)
  • Maria de Fátima Pereira da Silva
  • Alberto Salomone
  • Jose Restolho

Conference Committee

  • Gary McCutcheon (Chair)
  • Alberto Salomone
  • James Nutt
  • Per Bjorklov
  • Michael Michalakis

Communication (website e social networks) Committee

  • Gary McCutcheon
  • Michael Michalakis
  • James Nutt

Any comments or suggestions are always welcome.

Bylaws Committee

  • Michaela Brcak (Chair)
  • Per Bjorklov
  • James Nutt

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